NRC: AAMSU sit-in protest against Prateek Hajela

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HT Bureau
GUWAHATI, Sept 13: The All Assam Minorities Students’ Union (AAMSU) on Thursday staged a two-hour sit-in demonstration here against NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela for striking out five of the 15 documents listed for inclusion of names in the final NRC by following ‘political dictation’ of the BJP.
AAMSU alleged that the BJP has been ‘harassing’ people in the name of NRC. “It is clearly mentioned in the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003 (amended in 2009) that name of a person will be included in the NRC if his/her name appears in any electoral roll prior to 1971 or in National Register of Citizens, 1951m” AAMSU adviser Azizur Rahman Saikia told reporters here.
“Prateek Hajela suggested the Supreme Court to exclude both the vital document – 1951 NRC and electoral roll 1971 which AAMSU would never tolerate,” Saikia said.
The state NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela suggested the Supreme Court to exclude five documents including 1951 NRC, electoral roll of 1971, citizenship certificate, refugee certificate before 1971 and ration card before 1971 out of 15 admissible documents for inclusion of names in the NRC.
Demanding the apex court to nullify Hajela’s suggestion to exclude five documents from the list, the student leader said, “AAMSU respects Assam Accord and wants an error free NRC on the basis of the historic accord.”
Lashing out the BJP over the government’s move to implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, he said, “On the one hand, BJP says that Assam Accord is the soul of NRC and on the other hand, it strives to implement the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.”
He also informed that the organisation would submit an affidavit before the Supreme Court on September 15 next in the matter.

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